Limerick writer shortlisted for LA comedy festival

Niamh Dillon

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Niamh Dillon

A Limerick writer has been shortlisted at the Los Angeles Comedy festival for his TV pilot script “The Brew House” which will take place in Los Angeles later this month.

A Limerick writer has been shortlisted at the Los Angeles Comedy festival for his TV pilot script “The Brew House” which will take place in Los Angeles later this month.

Conor Ryan from the Ennis Road, Limerick will travel to the comedy festival in early November in the hope of repeating his previous years success where his script “Another Giant Leap” also took home the best pilot script award for 2011.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as a finalist in this competition. I was thrilled when I won last year and to be chosen again is very encouraging. I took a major chance when I decided to pursue this as a career in 2008 and I’m very happy that I did. I got to study under some fantastic people including David Isaacs and Jack Epps which was a brilliant experience,” said Conor.

Conor previously studied business in the University of Limerick and UCD before he decided to leave his marketing job as brand manager at St James Gate Brewery, Dublin to attend the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

However Conor says his idea for this year’s script came to him quite naturally following his years of working in the Guinness factory.

“The script is called ‘The Brew House’ and it’s about a craft brewery in San Diego run by a bunch of amateurs who love beer but know very little about business,” he explained.

“It took many months to get the script right and to develop the characters but writing has always been something I have been interested in.”

While studying in California Conor was also able to achieve a lifelong dream of his when he attended a table reading with the cast of The Simpsons and during his studies he also found time to scoop the Jack Oakie Excellence in Comedy Screenwriting Award at USC.

“I’d love for the script to be picked up by a TV network and my favourite comic actor at the moment is Chris O’Dowd so I’d love for him to play the part,” explained Conor.

“However I know that competition for places on network TV is extremely tough but it would be fantastic for this project to really take off,” he added.

The LA Comedy Festival is the largest comedy festival in the US and will run from November 1 to 11.